Wednesday, June 17, 2009


[Site "BW"]
[Date "2009.06.07"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Barangay L-Z"]
[Black "Wesley So A-K"]
[Result "1-0"]

Annotations by Caissa's Father

1. d4

Our team played the white side and I voted for 1.e4 but was out-voted.

2..c5 3.d4 d6 3.c4 Nf6 4. Qc2!?

A rarely played move. 4.Nc3 is quite common.

4...g6 5. Nc3 Bg7

The game has now evolved into a kind of a Benoni defense set-up.

6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 Nbd7 8. Nf3 a6 9. a4 Nb6?!

A loss of tempo. Black was hoping that White would play 10.b3 Bf5! with advantage as there is a threat to white's a1 rook.
10. Nd2! e6

Black should have played this move earlier.

11. a5! Nbd7 12. O-O e5 13.e4 Nh5

The game is now transformed into a King's Indian type set-up with white already ahead of his queenside play.


White is planning to exploit the hole in e6 if Black follows his planned f5 break. Now 14...f5 15.Ng5 Ndf6 16.Ne6 Bxe6 17.dxe6 Qe7 (17...fxe4 Nxe4 should favor White. Black will not be able to get rid of the e6 pawn.) 18.exf5 gxf5 19.Qxf5 with advantage for White.


Having been deterred on his f5-break Black seeks counterplay on the other wing. But 14...h6 preparing f5 is worthy of attention. Then 15.g4 Nf4 16.Bxf4 exf4 17.Ne2 with a complicated position.

15. Qa4! Rb8 16. Bg5 f6 17. Bd2 f5?

This is a hara-kiri move..

18. Ng5! (of course!)18...Qe7 19. Ne6

Here comes the Tarrash knight.


Black tries to create counter-play in the queenside. Better is 19...Ndf6 intending to capture the offending Knight on e6 with a decent, complex play.

20. cxb5 axb5 21. Nxb5 Ba6 22. Nbc7

White can afford to give up one of his Rooks for Black's light-squared Bishop. His passed a-pawns and rampaging Knights are more than enough compensation.

22...Bxf1 23. Bxf1 Rfc8 24. a6!

Black is now helpless against the queenning a pawn.

24...Nb6 25. Qc6 Na8 26. a7 Rb6 27. Qxa8

It is such an exhilerating feeling to win a game with a queen sacrifice. Thanks to his dominating Knights, White's position really plays itself out.

27...Rxa8 28. Nxa8 Rb7 29. Nac7 Rxa7 30. Rxa7 1-0

Sweet revenge!! he.he.

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